Pat Kennedy enters the Iona College Hall of Fame for his role in firmly establishing the Iona basketball program as a mid-major power.
Pat Kennedy joined Jim Valvano’s staff as an assistant coach in September 1977, and was instrumental in helping the Gaels make their first two NCAA appearances in 1979 and 1980.
In the spring of 1980, at the age of 28, Pat replaced Valvano and quickly established himself as one of the bright young coaches on the college basketball scene.
During his six seasons at the helm of the Iona program, the Gaels averaged more than 20 wins per season, won three MAAC titles, made two appearances in the NCAA Tournament and twice participated in the NIT. Pat guided the Gaels to several impressive wins, including victories over Division I powerhouses South Carolina, Georgia Tech, Ohio State and UNLV, as well as dominating local rivals Fordham and Manhattan.
In 1986 Kennedy left Iona to become head coach at Florida State. During his 11-year tenure at FSU, Pat was named Coach of the Year in the Metro Conference, as well as the Atlantic Coast Conference.
At the time of his induction, Pat serves as head coach at DePaul University in Chicago where he lives with his wife Jean (Blaney ’76), and their three children.